A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850
Lot 8
A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850
Sold for HK$ 200,000 (US$ 25,783) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850 A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850 A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850 A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850 A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle 1740-1850
A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle
1740-1850
7.42cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no.9

    白玉帶皮光素鼻煙壺

    A white and russet nephrite snuff bottle

    Nephrite of pebble material; very well hollowed, with a recessed foot
    1740–1850
    Height: 7.42 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.71/2.33 and 2.21 cm (one area of the circle flattened)
    Stopper: jadeite; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: some small scratches and wear in the surface from use; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Christie's, Hong Kong, 1 October 1991, lot 1262
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1993)

    Published:
    Treasury 1, no. 9

    We have already discussed at some length the broad group of often very exciting bottles from which this comes and noted a reference to them by Zhao Zhiqian in the 1860s (Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, p. 98, but also see discussion under Sale 3, lot 82). Two additional stunning examples from the Edith Griswold Collection are illustrated by Perry 1960, nos. 88 and 89.

    This is one of the more unusual and exciting examples from the group. The skin of the pebble was obviously covered with undulating, well smoothed depressions, but it was large enough to produce one relatively flat face that remained completely and evenly covered with skin (if roughly spherical, the original stone must have had a radius of some two to three feet). As the craftsman ground away the higher areas of the skin to make a relatively flat surface, those areas took on a paler colour as the core material came close to being exposed, while the lower areas, where less skin was removed, retained the darkest colour. Some of the darker patches are still very slightly indented, giving a pleasant texture to the otherwise flat surface and suggesting that the artist, having taken the skin down to this level, decided to sacrifice a perfectly flat surface for a far more intriguing one in terms of colour and texture. Another half millimetre or so, which would have evened out the slight depressions, would also have removed the paler orange-russet skin that creates such a powerful visual matrix for the darker markings.

    This bottle is also powerful formally. It is thicker than most of the group, allowing a more generous feeling and, therefore, greater presence, but it also shares with the extraordinary example in the J & J Collection (Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, no. 41) a bulging curve to the side profile. Here it is confined to one face, but that is quite enough to give an air of solid importance to the form, as if it were so confident of its capacity as sculpture that it had thrown out its chest proudly.

    白玉帶皮光素鼻煙壺

    卵石料; 掏膛徹底 , 斂底
    1740–1850
    高﹕ 7.42 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.71/2.33 及 2.21 厘米 (圈子不渾圓的)
    蓋: 翡翠;鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述:: 經過歲月的觸摸以後,有細微的刮傷及擦損處; 此外,出坊狀態

    來源﹕
    香港佳士得, 1991年10月1日, 拍賣品號 1262
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (香港, 1993)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 1, 編號9

    說明﹕
    關於這類常常使人興奮的煙壺,請參閱Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, 頁 98以及 第三場拍賣會, 拍賣品號82). 此外,還有兩件奪目的﹕Perry 1960, 編號 88 及 89.

    本壺原來的玉璞的表面上顯然都是磨光的小凹坑,把皮磨掉時,玉匠就留下了凹入處的皮色,因為平面中尚有這些起伏的地方,觸感覺很舒服。考慮煙壺這一面較平,另三面是圓形的,玉璞大致上如果是球形的,它必定是相當大的。壺身比此類白玉鼻煙壺一般的煙壺厚點,有寬闊厚實之感,可以跟J & J 珍藏的一件相比 (Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, 編號41) 。

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